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At-Large Councilmember Kwame Brown can chalk up a win for female power in the District government. Along the way, he got some sweet payback on a political rival as well.
On May 31, at the request of Mayor Adrian Fenty, Council Chairman Vincent Gray introduced a confirmation resolution for Narda Newby to serve on the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission.
Her nomination means that lobbyist and Fenty money bundler Max Brown can give up on his efforts to be nominated to the commission. In February, the lobbyist was nominated by Fenty to the powerful and perks-laden sports panel. But Councilmember Brown refused to hold a hearing on lobbyist Brown’s nomination, saying that he wanted more females to be named to commissions under the jurisdiction of his Committee on Economic Development.
Of course, Max Brown’s leading role in the campaign of former At-Large Councilmember Harold Brazil had absolutely nothing to do with Kwame Brown’s aversion to Fenty’s original choice.
“Max is a good guy who I’m sure has a lot to offer the city,” says Kwame Brown, sticking to his original story on why Max Brown was never considered by his committee. “We just want to make sure we have a diverse group on a board of directors,” he says. “I’m excited that the mayor is so committed to advancing diversity.”